Usually though, I take showers. Showers are quick and easy, but also a little more labor-intensive, and seldom very relaxing. That’s why, when I have the house to myself like I did last night, I almost always take a bath.
I was a little hesitant though, because I wasn’t really dirty. I’d taken a shower in the morning, but the allure of an uninterrupted hour in the tub with a glass of wine and a book was too tempting to pass up. I was, however, worried about the drying effect so much bathing would have on my skin. I kind-of hate putting on lotion or body oil, and so I hardly ever do it unless I’m feeling really indulgent. Or scaly.
And then I remembered the super-best-most-amazing bath trick that anyone ever told me: add oil to the bathwater. The oil coats your skin thinly and evenly so when you get out, you’re perfectly moisturized. Oddly, this piece of information was gleaned at a recent Superbowl party. From a fifty-something male heterosexual construction worker.
In spite of his six or seven minutes of solid raving about his new favorite way to moisturize after a bath, I’d forgotten the tip. Until tonight. And now I see what the fuss was all about- gender, age, and personality types aside. This bath experience was transcendent. I will never take a bath without oiling the water ever again.
Tonight I used a mix of sweet almond and eucalyptus oils. Then, just for the sheer decadence of it, I de-petaled some of my drooping Valentine’s Day roses into the water. I slathered my face with Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Mask (still one of the best and least-expensive skin-care products on the market) and slipped into the tub. Add a glass of wine and a book, and … voila! Bath magic. It was like going to a spa. Only without the heavy price tag or the whole getting-naked-in-front-of-strangers thing.
And my skin IS perfectly moisturized. Not greasy, not itchy and tight. I’m sure it’s an old idea, but I lived almost a third of a century before I encountered it, so I thought I’d share it. If you like to bathe- DO THIS!